Birdquake

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~Bird~

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The other day I was sitting quietly reading new posts on my laptop when there was a …..

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….. and a flutter.

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Not her !  A lemony flutter !

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NO !!!  Lemon coloured fluttering wings flapping on the glass of the balcony french window next to me.

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Yes, Samantha, a yellow wagtail.

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A romantic bird fighting its reflection.  I must get a photo for my blog.  I sat by the window, camera in hand and waited …..

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…… and waited.

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I looked away for a second.

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Missed !  The bird hit the window and was gone.

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My arm ached holding the camera. Every time I looked away …..

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Missed !  Blooming bird !

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Eventually…..

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I got the photo.  A masterpiece !  See the bird ?

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No ?  I’ll zoom in.

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Well, that was a wasted hour for me, wasn’t it ?

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Oh boy.  Thanks cats !

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~Quake~

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 A few evenings later I was in the shower (sorry, no photos of me having a shower as there are ladies reading this post ….. possibly ….probably not !) …. when a loud …..

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(In your dreams Ralph !)  ……..

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…. knocked the soap off me.  The tiles on one wall of the bathroom …….

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….. pulled apart and bowed out from the wall ……

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….. and were stopped from crashing to the floor ….

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…… by the grout between the tiles.

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Pedro, my neighbour, came up and removed the loose tiles …..

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….. before they crashed down giving the cats a heart attack.

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I eventually found out that there was an earthquake as I was soaping myself.

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In a way I was so pleased that the tiles were old as I didn’t remodel the bathroom when I refurbished the apartment 3 years ago.  I may have to now !  Oh boy !

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Does the earth move for you while taking a shower ?

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Ralph xox ❤

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114 Comments on “Birdquake

  1. That would be a real shocking for you with the earth quake. I am sure. Did you feel any movement at all?

    I am sorry to hear that you have to the bathroom repair job coming up.

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    • Hi YC 😀 It was a shock ! I didn’t know what was going on with the loud cracking noise. It wasn’t until I was cleaning the bath that I saw the damage to the tiles. No, I didn’t feel anything. With my balance problem I probably wouldn’t anyway. 😀 I have enough spare tiles to replace the couple that were cracked and the rest are okay, they just need remounting. Ralph 😀

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    • Yes, I do have a bath tub in the bathroom Leslie. I may be safer in a birdbath on the balcony perhaps 😉 Ralph xox ❤

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    • Oh no ! I don’t believe that Yvonne as you’ve escaped from Dismal Swamp and jaywalk canals in Venice every year, or by boring, do you mean you tunnelled under my home causing the quake 😀 Ralph xox ❤

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    • Awww ! I don’t believe that a pretty woman like yourself Karin hasn’t had the earth moved except by the sheep ….. *putting glasses on* …. oops, sheeesh 😉 Hugs.Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Birdquake was amazing, I would have been like you. But for eathquake I can’t say the same thing, always fearful for me. I felt all earthquakes in here. M4, M5, M7… it is fearful… I am glad not too strong. Blessing and Happiness to you ALL, Thank you, love, nia

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    • Thank you dear Nia.
      I do remember a few years ago huge earthquakes moving from east to west in north Turkey and Istanbul was expecting a big one which, thank heavens, never happened. I hope it will stay that way for you dear friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Yes dear Ralph, it was so strong and so many people died. I lived when it happened. I never want to feel the same one. So fearful. But as they say there would be another strong one in around Istanbul… when, God knows. Thank you so much, have a nice day, love, nia

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  3. Good that nothing else happened… Pedro will be a wizkid to repair this as you have tiles left. What a funny surprise to have in the shower, probably the lady from next door wanted to come through?????

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    • I’m pleased as well that nothing else happened dear Ute. Did you notice that I still have your purple “thing” hanging by the shower head. I mean to sent it to you but keep forgetting. What a bird brain I am !
      It will be a while before Pedro re-attaches the tiles as he’s hand making a fitted wardrobe in Gaucin which seems to take forever, but I know he will do a good job in my bathroom.
      Next door is empty since I left …… maybe it’s Judith’s ghost 😉
      Ralph xox ❤

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  4. Thank you for liking “Wishing Well.” I can relate to your frustration with taking photos of birds. I tried to photograph birds a few times, but most of the time the birds flew away before I could snap the picture or they appeared as small distant silhouettes in the photo. My pathetic attempts to take bird photos makes me admire the skill and patience of some of the nature photographers I have met through WordPress even more.

    Luckily, I have not been in the shower during an earthquake. I felt some minor shaking here in Sacramento twice. One time I was in bed, but the other time I was up and moving around. I felt sort of dizzy, and I thought something was wrong with me.

    I am sorry to hear about the tile damage. I am glad to read in the other comments that it won’t be a big repair job. Take care, Ralph, and I hope your next shower will not be so dramatic. 🙂

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    • I really do sympathise with you Arlene. Taking photos of wild birds needs a lot of work and patience. My cats have patience as they sit for hours watching one spot. I could attract birds with a feeder, but that would attract rats which is a no-no. Anyway, the birds have so much natural food here by the river, the farms and the fruit trees.
      That must be scary to actually feel earthquakes and I do worry that you may feel a big one. I suppose you have plans just in case.
      Yes, my bathroom will be back to normal one day.
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Yes, birds and wildlife can be challenging to photograph. My cats like to stare at one spot too, but they usually do this when they are stalking a bird or an insect. We also don’t have a bird feeder here. We just let the birds eat fruit from our fruit trees.

        Fortunately, the few earthquakes that I have felt here are small and have not caused any serious shaking. I would be more worried about them if I lived in an area close to major fault lines like San Francisco. We are probably in more danger of flooding here if it rains too hard for too many days in a row. The state and local government agencies supposedly have emergency plans in place, but we have also been advised to have some emergency supplies at hand just in case disaster strikes.

        Good luck with the repairs. Hopefully nothing else will adversely affect your bathroom. 🙂

        I hope you enjoy the rest of your week too, Ralph. Take care. 🙂

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  5. I always look forward to your posts Ralph! Hmm…how about putting up some bird feeders for the birds so they might stay still longer! I don’t know if that works in warmer climes? Have fun with redoing the bathroom if you decide to go that way😀 make it earthquake proof though!

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    • Hi Annika 😀 Thank you 😀
      Wow ! I was just talking about feeding birds in the comment above yours. I’m not going to as I worry about rats, even though I live three floors up they do climb up walls. I’m just going to have the tiles put back as the rest of the bathroom is fine and clean, so no need for a new look.
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  6. sounds like you and the lemon birdie both have had some close calls recently. the cats just sit by and watch as you and your yellow friend crash and crack and have close encounters. stay safe. the cats don’t have to worry, they know they have nine lives.

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    • Hi Beth 😀 Heehee. Sounds like Hitchcock’s “Birds” !
      I honestly don’t know why that yellow wagtail flies three floors up to attack my front balcony window when it is nesting under the house in the stone foundations by the water irrigation channel for the farms further down the valley. Ralph xox ❤

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  7. I had such a giggle at that photo you finally captured of the bird. I did something similar this summer on my back patio: I was having a glass of wine after work one evening, enjoying the afternoon sun, when a hummingbird came by to drink from my neighbors flowers. I tried so hard to get a shot of her but she was so tiny and moved so quickly I ended up with dozens of blurry shots of the flowers and little else. lol!

    I’m glad you didn’t get hurt in the quake Ralph. That’s scary, to be in the shower when something like that happens!

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    • Oh wow, you are so lucky to have hummingbirds in your garden Grainne ! Yes, they must be difficult to photograph. None here in southern Spain 😦 But I have seen these prehistoric looking hoopoes in the field behind my apartment. No way can I photograph them so I borrowed these pics off of a Google search.
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      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Oh my goodness what a beautiful bird! I love the feather mohawk…he look a bit like a punk rocker. 🙂 I hope you get the chance to photograph him one day. xx

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  8. We were at a restaurant over the water one time and it started rocking like a boat. I wondered briefly if it was a floating restaurant, but inspection upon leaving confirmed what I had originally thought – it was stationary, built on poles. Turned out there was an earthquake while we were there.

    I’m glad you didn’t have any more significant damage.

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  9. Hi Ralph. I thought it was just going to be another joke when i saw the word ‘Quake’ in your post. It’s a good job it wasn’t any stronger. I know Spain as a whole can experience earthquakes, so I shouldn’t be surprised. I’m glad you weren’t hurt – at least the shower tiles didn’t fly off at you. Hope it’s all back to normal now. Your antics with the yellow wagtail made me laugh. And your cats are just cool. 😀

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    • Sorry I am so long in replying Millie. I am cutting back on the hours I’m at my laptop for a rest, but it never works as I find a massive backlog in my Inbox and notifications page. So today, back to trying to catch up.
      Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s amazing there was a quake that did some damage and I never felt it ! Ralph xox ❤

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  10. It was them cats, calling on the earthquake god AFTER you never let them chase that bird, Ralpha. Was in an earthquake once. So long as you are not very weak and shaking that is what matters x

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  11. No… no earth moving when I take a shower. Just the movement of frothy soap foam sliding over my silky skin and down the drain. Pretty uneventful showers over here.
    My life seems so boring!
    Well, take care dear Ralph! xoxo ❤ #<

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    • Whew ! It took me four days to get over reading this comment of yours dear friend. Not what I would call boring. lol. An impossible big hug for you dear soapy Resa. Ralph xoxox ❤ #<

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  13. ‘Bird-brained’ really is an apt moniker isn’t it. We frequently have birds trying to use our conservatory windows as their landing strip.

    Several years ago, a baby dove did a; kamikaze move, against our windows, laid dazed for a while, so I sprang into action…….put on my little vet-nursey outfit, and rescued him.

    We had him for several months as a house-guest, He’d even knock on the door with his beak when he wanted to come in…..it was just a few months before my dad passed away, (I was in Perth at the time, on a holiday) and the dove became company for my dad when my mother & I went out shopping. We’d frequently return, to find the bird sat on the arm of my dad’s chair whilst they both watched the telly……I think “George-the-Dove’ vanished around the time, my dad passed.

    Thank you for giving me a lovely memory back ❤ ❤

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    • What a tender, lovely story Julie. It would make a great post for your blog. I hope you do tell it. Have a lovely weekend dear friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Thank you Ralph, and thank you for the idea, I might actually do the post, as you say. Have a fantastic weekend yourself honey xxx ❤

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  14. Ahhh, I see that we have the same extraordinary talent for bird photography 😉
    We suffer from mini quakes here too – exactly the same thing happened in our bathroom. So yes, the answer is, the earth does move for me while I’m showering and on that note I think it’s time to heave myself out of bed and go and face my morning ablutions xox

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    • Hi Lottie. I’ve been wondering where you’ve been hiding. I hope not under bathroom tiles !
      So you are another member of ” The Extraordinary Can’t Take Bird Photos Club …. Spain” meetings held at 3pm the day between Saturday and Sunday.
      Yep, time to get up ! Ralph xox ❤

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  15. No, the earth does not move for me when I take a shower. Ha ha. Thank goodness you’re safe Ralph and the kitties did not have a hearth attack! xox

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    • Ha ha. Oh well !
      I’m safe and I must warn my cats not to attack the hearth 😉
      Have a wonderful weekend Amy. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. Nah the earth doesn’t move for me in the shower sadly. I love the shower though, I can stand in there for hours, well ok, maybe 10 mins. That said after the leg injury I do miss the occasional bath, there is nothing better that eating a tin of beans, jumping in the bath and waiting for the magic to happen, DIY jacuzzi style 😉

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    • Hi Juls 😀 Well, 10 minutes is almost hours !
      I do hope your leg gets better soon so that you can enjoy a Jack Coosy 😀 Ralph xox ❤

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  17. You were holding your camera,I was holding my breath to see if the birdie would come back again,and eventually,you did it,dear Ralf!You caught a real yellow beauty!I didn’t hear the crack in the bathroom,but again I was anxiously going through your tile story to see how the story would end.Your stories with the amazing photos were very engaging from beginning to end!Earthquakes are regular visitors to my country too,I have experienced some that I’ll never forget.Take care,dear friend & have a Happy Thanksgiving Day,if you celebrate it.If not,enjoy the oncoming weekend 🙂 xxx

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    • Hi Doda 😀
      You always write such great comments, this one especially. Thank you !
      Wow ! I hope to never have to experience the type of earthquakes that you have been through.
      Have a lovely Sunday yourself. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello dear Nancy 😀
      Hard enough to knock the tiles off the wall ? Heehee !
      Have a lovely end of the week dear friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  18. It did not for me but for my friend. we all were downstairs and i started looking for her when she was nowhere to be found I went to her room, then i guessed she must be in bathroom I called out, and there she was all puzzled and wondering. Haha, I asked her to come downstairs as they said earthquake was expected in 30 minutes again.

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  19. Wow… I must be witch or something…I felt I would read about an earthquake in your post! 😎 I hope the cat/cats did not get too scared, as well as you. I once lived one. Nothing bad happened but I saw the corridor’s tiles just moving upwards as if a ball was passing under a long and narrow carpet. But then, everything went OK again. Thanks for visiting my blog!😉😘

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    • Hi Carmen 😀 I wonder if the part headline “…..quake” gave you a clue of what was in the post, or, perhaps you ARE a witych ( ha ! I can’t spell ! 😉 ). Watching those tiles move in such a fashion must of been really scary. Stay safe my friend ! I hope you are having a lovely week. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Yes, you r right 😂😂😂! My eye saw it. You too, and glad you are staying un my beautiful Spain💟

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      • Thank you for letting me live in your beautiful Spain for 13 years Carmen. I’m in Andalucia, where are you ? I hope that you have a great weekend. 😀 ❤

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      • Hi again, Ralph, 13 years is a long time now, you must be by now very well familiarized with the customs, way of thinking, food, climate.. I grew up in Barcelona, but visited different areas a few times, the last one was Granada and its surroundings and I must say I loved it so much. Now I’m married and live in the Midwest in the US. I try as much as possible to keep with the Mediterranean diet, which I so much love, but I also find great aspects in my daily life in this great country. Have a super weekend ahead!👍🌸

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      • Wow, Barcelona ! What a great city. I bet you do miss it. I am so pleased to read that you are enjoying the Midwest. Thank you Carmen and have a lovely weekend yourself 😀

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  20. Quite jealous, dear Ralph!! Natural disasters shun me, even minute ones like your brief shower-rattling quake. How I would have been thrilled.

    You see, I lived in prime tornado-land for years in the Midwest. Do you know how many blasted tornadoes showed up to twirl in my presence?! Not ONE. There was a microburst once. That would have been a delightful sight. Rude thing showed up as soon as we were away on a little trip!!! I guess the cats got to enjoy the show…

    Then, we move away to Florida and can you guess what happens??? Not only is there an earthquake but a tornado touched down and twirled about in the old apple-orchard we visited for years and years, spitting hay and goat feed all over the place. I would have LOVED to have seen that! Bloody cheek! It even sent a tree into a friend’s living room for a visit…so unfair.

    So, I thought, well at least I’d have hurricanes to look forward to, so I was still smiling with hope. Do you know how many blasted hurricanes I’ve seen in the EIGHT blasted years I’ve been bouncing about Florida?!!! ZILCH! Zero!!!! Natural disasters hate me…it’s awful… 😦

    Anyhow, enough of my terrible woes. Fabulous post dear Ralph. Elated that the damage was manageable. Hope the dear fine yellow bird did not suffer too much of a headache after that ordeal, as well. I saw a cardinal (the bird) doing the same in a car mirror a while back. I tried for a photo but then the owners (of the car, not the bird) swaggered up and began demanding explanations as to why I was so fascinated with their precious vehicle…the bird flew off triumphantly just as they arrived, leaving me in the lurch…so many woes, so little time. Excuse me Ralph, I must go find my oldest and scratchiest of violins. All the best!

    Bug hugs- Smiling Toad

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    • Hello my favourite bug hug AJ 😀
      Oh dear ! It must be so distressing for you in missing such natural excitements. For thousands of others, probably not ! I have to smile though as you tell great tales. One thing I will not do is to hope that you have an epic natural disaster, so I am sorry to add to your woes.
      I also had to laugh about the cardinal bird, as the wagtail here also flaps up against wing mirrors in the street below. No lurchy explanations from me are needed 😀
      I’ll lend you a can of WD-40 for your violin my friend. Play sweetly.
      Bug hugs back. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Another pal of mine, a resident of Brisbane, was most upset for all the wrong reasons when some storms came barreling through there recently. As the storms chewed up his garden and belched up the contents all over the place, he was hugging his knees and rocking inside as the roof began to tinkle. What FUN wasted! His dear young mum of 80 short years began to shake as well. Her milksoppy son clearly misunderstood. She was obviously shaking with excitement and joy like any other normal person. It was quite clear that he should have let her scramble up on the roof and get to mending it beneath the screaming storm. She likes mending things. Meditative. Good for circulation, too. Sort of like jumping in a frigid lake, I should think. I suspect she became upset over having such a wimpy son! Well, he kept the poor woman locked up with him as he wailed in fear. Sad…and what a waste of a good storm! Naturally with his black attitude he didn’t care for any sunny suggestions on the best ways to enjoy such a blow. Such tempests are like fun parks that come to your door, and no annoying queue to slowly slog through either! Just think- one can ride on trees as they fall into the surging stream below that was once a street, or go on extreme jostling bumper-car rides as they go white-watering toward downtown, or perhaps for the more laid-back type, one could sit back and enjoy watching fish jump over park benches…why the jollies to be had are endless. Sad, sad….such a waste…

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      • Heehee. I am speechless AJ, but applaud your ability to tell such a story. Don’t be sad, for one day your dream of fish jumping over park benches may come true. 😀

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  21. PENTRU TOTI PRIETENII MEI MINUNATI O SEARA SPLENDIDA DE IARNA SI CU MULTE BUCURII ALATURI DE CEI DRAGI !
    To all my friends SPLENDIDA WINTER wonderful evening and much joy with your loved ones!


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  22. Nooo never but while I’m taking a shower often the phone rings or my girls are quarrelling 🙂 ! But serious weren’t you afraid after when it already had happened ?? Very nice to see that lovely bird at your balcony and before you know you have to prepare another bed in your sleeping-room …………..:) !

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    • Hi Serach 😀
      Oh, the fun of having a family ….. and a phone !
      No, I wasn’t afraid, just puzzled.
      Another bed in my bedroom ? Do you know something I don’t know ? lol
      Have a lovely week dear friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  23. Hola Ralph!

    We used to have birds hitting the windows all of the time at my last job. They would get disoriented from the hits. One of them hit so hard it died. EEEK!

    And – EEEK on the earthquake too.
    I have felt a few earthquakes nearby. But – nothing where anything got damaged. Still – too close for comfort.
    I have felt the house move with severe thunderstorms. That’s a bit frightening. We do have tornados that pass though here. Those are scary too.

    xx Saludos y Abrazos xx

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    • Hi RoSy 😀
      Oh, wow ! What tales to tell ! I would be permanently hiding behind the sofa with all that going on …… and …… you have snow now ! It’s still 20C here during the day. The mad bird and earthquake have gone. I hope it stays that way.
      Have a lovely weekend dear friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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      • I can jump for joy & say – no snow here. We got hit once in November & it’s been unseasonable war since then. I’m hoping it stays like it has been. But – something tells me – the snow is lurking & will be here in no time & out of nowhere.
        Until then – I will keep enjoying our semi-nice weather.

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